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The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003)

Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel (original title)
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When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.
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Credited cast:
Janchiv Ayurzana ...
Chimed Ohin ...
Amgaabazar Gonson ...
Zeveljamz Nyam ...
Ikhbayar Amgaabazar ...
Odgerel Ayusch ...
Enkhbulgan Ikhbayar ...
Uuganbaatar Ikhbayar ...
Guntbaatar Ikhbayar ...
Munkhbayar Lhagvaa ...
Munkbayar, violin teacher
Ariunjargal Adiya ...
Teacher's Assistant
Dogo Roljav ...
Relative Aimak I
Chuluunzezeg Gur ...
Relative Aimak II
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Botok ...
Baby Camel
Ingen Tenne ...
Mother Camel


Springtime in the Gobi Desert, South Mongolia. A family of nomadic shepherds assists the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white colt. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn, refusing it her milk and her motherly love. When any hope for the little one seems to have vanished, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert, to a a backwater town in search of a musician who is their only hope for saving the colt's life. Written by TNS

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Rated PG for some mild thematic content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 July 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História do Camelo Que Chora  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$21,767 (USA) (4 June 2004)


$1,742,832 (USA) (1 October 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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[first lines]
Janchiv: Now my children I'll tell you the story of the weeping camel. Many years ago, God gave antlers to the camel as a reward for the goodness of its heart. But one day a rogue deer came and asked the camel to lend him his antlers. He wanted to adorn himself with them for a celebration in the west. The camel trusted the deer and gave him his antlers, but the deer never brought them back. Since then the camels keep gazing at the horizon and still await the deer's return.
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Referenced in The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005) See more »

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A Great Experience of the Life and Lifestyle of a Different Culture
24 September 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the spring of the Gobi Desert, in South Mongolia, a nomadic family of shepherds has troubles when one camel has a tough two days delivery, immediately rejecting the offspring. The family unsuccessfully uses their best efforts trying to force the female to accept and feed the newborn. When there is no further hope of saving the animal, they send their two sons to bring a musician from the nearest town to perform a ritual and save the "baby camel".

I do not know, and I was really curious to know, how could be the original screenplay of this documentary. I believe the first intention of directors Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni would be to document the lifestyle of a nomadic family of shepherds, showing a different culture for the Westerners. However, fortune gave them the opportunity of sharing a great experience with the viewers with the ritual that brought the camel to accept the offspring. Thank you, Messrs. Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni, for such touching, beautiful and wonderful film. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Camelos Também Choram" ("Camels Also Weep")

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